January 2017 Around Town 5

For the Love 
of Pets

The Bay Club Thousand Oaks recently sponsored Adopt A Pet Day, which included Operation Blankets of Love, VCA Westlake Village Animal Hospital, the Barkley Pet Hotel and Spa in Westlake Village and Riley’s Rescue. Anyone who has ever had a pet knows the love and joy that our furry friends provide. OperationBlanketsOfLove.org

Bellringer Campaign Lends Support to Senior Concerns

Senior Concerns was selected as one of two charities to participate in the Ventura County Star’s 2016 Bellringer Campaign, which raised funds for the organization’s Meals On Wheels Program, enabling Senior Concerns to deliver more than 5,000 freshly prepared, nutritionally balanced meals to homebound seniors in Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park during the holiday season.

Now in its 37th year, the Ventura County Star’s Bellringer Campaign “provides a terrific opportunity to raise awareness about senior hunger in our community and the value of programs such as Senior Concerns’ Meals On Wheels Program,” says Andrea Gallagher, President of Senior Concerns. “Many of those we serve are very low income and must choose between food, rent or medicine,” explains Gallagher. “Through donations from the community, we are able to provide scholarships to low-income, homebound seniors and ensure seniors have access to the healthy meals we provide. Another added benefit of our Meals On Wheels Program is the daily check in by a caring volunteer, helping to ensure the senior is safe.”

Youth Honored at National Philanthropy Day

Interface Children & Family Services’ Youth Advisory Board proudly accepted the honor of the 2016 Ventura County Youth Philanthropist Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Santa Barbara/Ventura County Chapter. Viewpoint School’s Katie Gould accepted the award on behalf of Founder Rachel Furash at the elite showing of prominent leaders and philanthropists at the 30th anniversary of National Philanthropy Day. The awards luncheon took place at the Ventura Beach Marriott.

“Rachel took initiative and led a group of 25 students who helped rally community members to eventually raise $45,000 in just two years. On the evening of last year’s annual gala, she singlehandedly secured a van for the transport of homeless youth by ‘gently’ grabbing the microphone from emcee Andrew Firestone to make an emotional appeal to a captive audience of 250. Next thing we knew, one of the sponsors, Jeff Sukay of Kirby Automotive, offered to donate a van,” recalled Interface’s Executive Director Erik Sternad during the ceremony. The Youth Advisory Board holds bake sales, secures gift cards during the holidays and leads a Family 5K Run with help from Stevenson Fitness, the cheer team from Oaks Christian and many other local families and organizations, as well as volunteer at various Interface events. ICFS.org

Community Commitment

My Health Studio in Westlake Village proudly hosted the U.S. Marines and their Christmas season Toys for Tots drive, collecting toys for area children in need. In line with its commitment to the community, My Health Studio takes an active part in area charities and enjoys helping good causes, such as empowering individuals to shape up for good. Taking a simple, balanced approach to fitness, My Health Studio aims to help members reach their fitness goals and promises to change your view of fitness. Check out their $38 unlimited group dance and fitness classes, designed to motivate and encourage physical fitness. Call 818.889.3737 or visit MyHealthStudio.com.